Learning Minds

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program offers fellowships to early- and mid-career researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the learning and development of children and youth worldwide.

The relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, behavioral science, computer science, pedagogy, linguistics, neurosciences, and science of learning. 

Particularly encouraged to apply are scholars who seek to combine multiple levels of analysis and engage in interdisciplinary work. There is a special focus on work to understand and embrace variability in learning, promote the practical application of evidence on human learning and development, and increase the scale-up of effective education policies and practices.

The Jacobs Foundation is especially interested in the following questions:

  • How do variations in individuals and contextual factors influence learning and development and learning outcomes?
  • How can we design for learner variability at scale to enable all children to reach their potential as learners and in life?
  • How can we produce interventions that reduce growing inequalities in children’s learning and overcome disparities in the impacts of digital technologies?
  • How can we address the role of data to help learners and teachers make informed decisions about their learning and teaching?
  • What school-level learning approaches, environments, and experiences are effective in improving learning outcomes in heterogeneous student groups?

Fellowship terms 

Fellowships are awarded to talented researchers who have received their PhDs within the past 10 years. Funding from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships is awarded directly to the fellow’s institution and may be used by the fellow over a three-year period to cover a portion of the fellow’s salary and for any purpose in support of the fellow’s research, such as assistants’ salaries, equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support.

The ideal fellow has not only a great research idea but a significant potential as a researcher to contribute as part of interdisciplinary teams within and beyond the network of the Jacobs Foundation. In addition to providing fellows with independent and competitive funding, the program offers a wide range of non-financial benefits.

The call for applications is posted each year by the end of November with a deadline in mid-January.

Creating Impact Science Program (CRISP)

CRISP is an initiative designed exclusively for alumni of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship program. It serves as a platform to nurture enduring relationships with exceptional alumni, facilitating their continued impact. Each year, the Jacobs Foundation selects 2-3 fellows based on their contributions and commitment to advancing the Foundation’s mission. This program offers selected alumni additional funding over 5 years, providing vital support for their ongoing research endeavors. Aligned with the Foundation’s strategic goals outlined in Jacobs Foundation Strategy 2030, CRISP empowers fellows to bring solid evidence into actionable outcomes, fostering positive change within our focus countries and communities.